We recently mailed the latest edition of the Great Plains Journal to our membership. Volume 49 is composed of five articles concerning the African-American community in (or near) Lawton.
Above, you can see the front cover, table of contents, and back cover. The front cover features a 1965 work titled, "Unanimity," a mixed media piece by artist Leo Moore. Moore graduated from Frederick A Douglass High School, Lawton, in 1958. The back cover is an original work from the Museum of the Great Plains' collection, used as a model for a mural painted on the north exterior wall of the Patterson Center in Lawton. Albert Johnson, Sr, who envisioned the mural, is shown seated at right. Johnson served as principal at Douglass until the integration of Lawton Public Schools, and afterward as Deputy Superintendent of Schools. Moore became the first director of the Patterson Center.
Members of the Museum of the Great Plains receive the Journal automatically. (See the membership page here.) If you are not a member at the time of publication, you can still get a copy. Previous volumes may be available as well. Contact us at <firstname.lastname@example.org> for more information.
Every time I look at the videos of the mammoth bones being scanned, I think the scanner looks like a weird steam iron. Anyhoo....
Here's a clip from Science Museum of Minnesota where Andrew Howe, of Laser Design, Inc, explains how a three-dimensional image of a mammoth bone is created using only a steam iron. Well, that and a laptop.
One of the installations in the new gallery is a hide painting by Comanche artist, Juanita Pahdopony. Here's a cut from an interview where Juanita talks about why she painted the buffalo hide.
The Science Museum of Minnesota (SMM) hosts a recurring event called "Activate the Museum," where occasionally prototypes of new exhibits are tested on the floor. We're lucky to be able to take advantage of this, and so SMM product-tests some of our designs with real visitors. Here's a very short clip of the interactive that will complement Juanita Pahdopony's hide painting.
...they'd probably say, "Leave us alone! Day after day, slather and sand, slather and sand! We're tired!" Anyway, here are 37 photos from around the gallery on May 6. At the moment, the walls are just smoother and whiter than they were a week ago. I hope the guys finishing the walls really like their jobs, otherwise it would be torture.
Here's the latest iteration of the floor plan for the new gallery. Wow, does it ever look busy. Our visitors are going to have so many options!
Recently, we shipped eight crates of objects from our collection to the Science Museum of Minnesota (SMM). For most of the items, SMM will construct mounts to be used in the new exhibits. But for a few things, like these mammoth bones, SMM will recreate the pieces. The replicas will go into our interactive dig site, where they can be unearthed by visitors, while the originals, which are both delicate and valuable to researchers, will go back into storage at the Museum of the Great Plains. It's very helpful to be able to use modern tools like three-dimensional scanners and printers to recreate 11,000 year-old bones!
From time to time, we'll post info here about what's going-on at the museum.